Buxton’s blog: Florida Exploits, Part 1

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Last week, the new Florida Winter Series commenced with a triple-header race at Palm Beach International Raceway. Not particularly newsworthy in its own light, unless some of the competitors are.

In this case, they were. Among the 12 drivers on hand included former Formula One driver Jos Verstappen’s 16-year-old son Max – learn that name now in case his career takes off – and NBC Sports Group’s F1 pit reporter and insider Will Buxton.

Buxton would be thrown in at the deep end for the beginning of his racing career, and he chronicles the lead-up to the races in his blog.

A brief excerpt…

The lights extinguish, my left foot leaps from the clutch, the rear tyres squeal and squelch around for grip and I’m off, past the white car in front and to the right of me and tucking under the wing of the blue car in front.

For the first time in my life, I’m watching a race from inside the cockpit. And what’s even more astonishing… is that I’m completely silent.

And there’s the setup. The story of how he got to that point follows in the rest of the blog post.

It’s rather interesting, and provides an illuminating insight into the world of racing, coming in from a journalist’s perspective. Part 2 will, undoubtedly, provide more details of the races themselves.

Castroneves crashes out of Indy 500

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Helio Castroneves’ bid for a fourth Indianapolis 500 triumph came to an end following a restart on Lap 145, when his No. 3 Pennzoil Chevrolet broke loose exiting Turn 4, sending him spinning into the inside wall near the pit entrance.

Castroneves started eighth and had been running solidly inside the top 10 for much of the race, and he was sitting fifth following a Lap 145 restart. Further, the previous caution – for Sebastien Bourdais, who crashed in Turn 4 – set up Castroneves to possibly make it to the end of the race on more pit stop.

However, that effort came to a disappointing end not long after racing resumed.

Castroneves’ status for future Indy 500s is unknown, though he did make a plea to team owner Roger Penske to let him come back next year. “Please, Roger, I want to come back,” said Castroneves during his interview.

This is the first time Castroneves has crashed out of an Indy 500 since 2006.

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